• TWS: Shannon – Philly Girl Series

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    Posted on November 20, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014


  • Celina Tsu: Anicca

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    Posted on November 18, 2014 by Celina Tsu

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    ……….There is a Buddhist belief that maintains that instead of possessing one consistent soul or identity, humans are made up of five khandas that govern our personalities.These elements– rupa, vedana, sanna, sankhara, and vinnana– translate roughly to sense, emotion, perception, mental formation of the world, and consciousness. They create our views and inform our actions. The khandas follow the principle of anicca, or impermanence, in that they are always changing due to the constant impressions that are being made on one’s mind by each experience, interaction, or thought that an individual encounters. In this way, the sense of identity that we put forth is really just an aggregate of all of the unique events, memories, emotional responses, and cognitive appraisals that form an infinitely complex and unique person.

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    In this series of pictures, I chose to depict this concept in the circumstance of attempting to cope with a tragedy. Individuals who judge others’ actions that can be categorized as degenerate behavior sometimes do so while failing to consider the experiences that led up to the particular moment of another person’s life that they may be witnessing. The series is meant to initially portray Gabriella as poised before she is impacted by a loss in her life that changes her khandas in the ways depicted in the next few photographs. The end photos of her in mourning allow the audience to empathize with her after they understand an essential piece of her story.

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    About The Author: Celina Tsu is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2015.


  • Qingying Xia: Trapped

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    Posted on November 17, 2014 by Qingying Xia

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    ……….My original idea was to feature a collection of earrings, but when I visited my model’s wardrobe I realized I loved her tight dresses so much that I had to do a series on them too. Her dresses were mostly semi-formal but at the same time, scandalous. She told me these were for her parties but they were too nice to be worn for the frat parties on campus. There were few chances she could wear these nice dresses so they’ve lied in her wardrobe for a while. She was burdened with schoolwork and recruiting everyday but in her deep heart she wished to mess around in parties instead.

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    Thus, I decided to make a photo shoot under the theme that a girl is trapped in her living setting. She probably wouldn’t have much chance to wear her dresses outside of her house and building, but she could still look great and fashionable with ordinary settings as the background. I’m not trying to criticize any system or environment in my photos. I want her to bloom in any setting her life makes her fixed to. Even though it’s called trapped, it’s not about going crazy or getting really sad in an enclosed environment. It’s about Wabi Sabi, finding beauty in imperfect ordinary things.

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    Here began our 4-hour photo shoot. I did her make-up and matched her dresses with my earrings and shoes, all in a simplistic style. I also brought along boxing gloves and ostrich feathers to give the photos an interesting tinge. The six single images I picked are my favorites. The first one with the blue dress was shot near the elevator shaft in her building. Second one with the red dress was shot on the sink in her room. Third one with gloves in the corridor. Fourth and fifth one were in the staircase. I love the color and frame of the stairs. She was totally “trapped” in the fifth one haha! The last one was done by the window at sunset.

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    About The Author: Qingying Xia is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.


  • Srey Beaulac: Suit Up!

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    Posted on November 16, 2014

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    ……….For this autumn fashion, suits are in and shorts and t-shirts are out.  Women love men in uniform, especially in suits.  Like Barney, from the television series How I Met Your Mother, would say, “Suit Up!”  In the show, Barney wore a suit almost every day because he knew they looked dashing on him and girls loved it. 

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    College ladies complain how the boys dress poorly in school- they’re either wearing shorts with sneakers or jeans with a T-shirt.  So men, pay attention carefully.  These two college boys definitely know how to dress, whether for class or nightlife.  When going for a daytime look, throw on a more casual blazer, button down shirt with the top buttons undone, jeans or slacks, boat shoes, and a casual watch to finish the look.  As for the nighttime, go for a more formal look with loafers, a tie, and perhaps a pocket square.  The pocket square conveys a man’s true gentility. 

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    Suits are classy and fun to wear for any occasion.  They can be casual or formal depending on the on the style you’re going for.  The ensemble for a suit is limitless because you can miss and match to fit the style you want.  And since it’s autumn, throw on a scarf to accentuate the look.  People often mistaken scarves as feminine but the truth of the matter is that scarves are manly.  Scarves do an excellent job of protecting the neck which can ultimately help keep the body warm in the cold autumn weather.  They also add a strong element of style, especially when they introduce color to an otherwise bland outfit.  Like jewelry, scarves accessorizes the outfit.  Watches are also a good accessory to have when wearing a suit.  A wristwatch is more than just a time-telling device- it’s a statement.  It means you’ve pulled the outfit together and there are few things women find sexier.  

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    Editor’s Note: Srey Beaulac is a junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2016.


  • Priscilla Andalia: Work Hard, Play Hard

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    Posted on November 14, 2014, by Priscilla Andralia

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    ……….At the University of Pennsylvania, the “work hard, play hard” motto is very popular among students. The mentality is that, if you work hard during the week, you can party hard on the weekends. Most incoming Penn students are not accustomed to such behavior but they are soon pressured into adopting this lifestyle. Freshmen tend to feel that partying is the only way to meet people and make friends. New college students already have difficulty transitioning to college life due to the new freedom that college provides for them. Constant pressure from peers to party makes this transition even tougher for these students. Subsequently, all that partying tends to have a negative affect on their grades and health. There are some who are able to juggle both partying and grades as the “work hard, play hard” motto may represent, however these kids are harming their health by not getting enough sleep and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Therefore, the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle is not a healthy one.

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    Throughout their time at Penn, most students start to realize the importance of taking college life seriously; they begin to focus less on partying and more on their future careers upon graduation. However, there are always those few students who can afford to keep up the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle throughout all four years. The blond, whose apparel starts to become more profession throughout the series, represents the students who gradually mature and grow out of the partying behavior. This contrasts with the brunette who continues to value the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle.

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    Editor’s Note: Priscilla Andalia is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.


  • Gilles Berquet: Paris Photo

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    Posted on November 11, 2014

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  • TWS: Portrait of the Day

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    Posted on November 10, 2014

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    Portrait of Candace Lambert by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014

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  • SBFA: Philadelphia Photographers 1975 to 1985

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    Posted on November 6, 2014

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    BETHLEHEM, PA – Opening Reception: Friday, November 7th, 2014

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    …..As a participating gallery of the 5th Annual Olympus InVision Photo Festival, Santa Bannon / Fine Art Gallery presents a comprehensive exhibit, “Philadelphia Photographers: 1975 to 1985.” This historic contemporary collection includes 80 mostly vintage works and close to 100 monographs created by 46 greater Philadelphia-area photographers. The reception opens at 5:30p on Friday November 7th and a presentation by those key to the movement and with institutional memory begins at 7:30p. The exhibit is on view until November 21st.

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    This highly curated exhibit examines work by veteran artists: Robert Adler, Robert Asman, Michael Becotte, Will Brown, Howard Brunner, Randl Bye, Donald E. Camp,Thomas Carabasi, John Carlano, Jack Carnell, Paul Cava, Trudy Cohen, Tom Davies, Candace diCarlo, Ed Eckstein, Larry Fink, Alida Fish, David Freese, Emmet Gowin,David Graham, Nancy Hellebrand, Walter Holt, Catherine Jansen, Bruce Katsiff,George Krause, Tom Levy, Martha Madigan, D.W. Mellor, Ray K. Metzker, Rebecca Michaels, Thomas W. Moore, Jay Pastelak, Jeannie Pearce, Stephan Perloff, Brian H. Peterson, Tom Porett, Paul Runyon, Laurence Salzmann, Leif Skoogfors, Thomas John Shillea, Michael A. Smith, George Tice, Tony Ward, John Weiss, Stephen Guion Williams, and William Earle Williams.

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    All of these artists have examples of their work represented in the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious museums worldwide; a majority of the participants are repeat recipients of Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Arts, Pew, and Fulbright Fellowships; and many have had the privilege of studying with venerated icons of photography such as Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt, Harry Callahan, Lisette Model, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, Minor White, and many others.

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    The exhibit sets its viewfinder on a dynamic pre-digital period that represented a collaborative network rich with ideas and bounding with creativity — a democratic inclusivity and accessibility between emerging photographers and those who were well known. A unique and influential community of galleries, organizations, and institutions supported and nurtured photographers of the time and successfully brought awareness to the importance of collecting and further elevated the status of photography as fine art.

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    These artists further contributed to the history of the medium by developing art programs and becoming professors at colleges and universities regionally and throughout the country. Others became museum directors, curators, art dealers, major collectors, and patrons.

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    According to Santa Bannon, “Philadelphia has always been historically important when it comes to this medium.” “The city played a significant role in photographic history when Joseph Saxton made the first Daguerreotype in Philadelphia in 1839, the oldest extant Daguerreotype in America,” explains Brian H. Peterson, exhibiting photographer and retired chief curator of the James A. Michener Art Museum. Exhibiting photographer and art historian Thomas Shillea adds, “Philadelphia hosted the very first national juried exhibit of photography, the ‘Philadelphia Salon,’ held by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1898.”

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    This is a strong show that includes many standouts: Sara by John Weiss, a protégé of Minor White, is one; portrait of a Logger in the Pacific Northwest by Larry Fink with its unusual split wood frame crafted especially for the picture; Emmet Gowin’s portrait Edith, Danville, Virginia; and the late Ray Metzker’s abstract from his Pictus Interruptus series.

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    “The day I installed Ray Metzker’s photograph, I received an email that evening from Laurence Miller, Ray’s longtime dealer, that Ray had passed away. It was sadly ironic. He was one of the photographers whose work I most admired; I’m humbled to exhibit his work in my gallery and in particular this show, and regrettably I never had the opportunity to meet him,” reveals Bannon.

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    Bannon plans to travel an expanded version of her “Philadelphia Photographers: 1975– 1985” exhibit and add an accompanying catalog that not only will include reproductions from the exhibition but vernacular photos, anecdotal information, oral histories, and ephemera.

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  • TWS: Cover Shoot – November 2014

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    Posted on November 1, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014.

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    Portrait of Alice Chaillou, Courtesy: Alba Opera Hotel, Paris.

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    Editor’s Note: Alice Chaillou is an artist, model and writer of erotic literature. Shop for Art work by Alice Chaillou here: Easely.io Copyright 2014.

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  • UPenn: Photography & Fashion

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    Posted on October 31, 2014

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    Photography by Jared Sobel, Copyright 2014.

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    Agency: Main Line Models & Talent.com

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    Makeup: Wendie Hetherington

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    Editor’s Note: Jared Sobel is a sophomore enrolled in the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017.